Does your laundry get stuck? It may sound like a funny question, but I often see laundry bottlenecks in homes I work in. The cycle works like this…
Ready to Wear – Lightly Worn – Dirty – Washed – Dried – Folded/Ironed – Put Away – Ready to Wear
Here are some common places laundry gets stuck, and how to avoid it…
|Laundry Bottleneck||What to do about it|
|Ready to Wear clothes get mixed with Dirty||Have a clearly defined and easy to use place for your dirty laundry to live, waiting for the next step in the cycle|
|Lightly worn clothes get mixed with Dirty||Have a place for lightly worn clothes to await another wear|
|Washed clothes are not Dried quickly, resulting in a smelly pile that needs rewashing||Be sure you have time and a plan for moving wet washing on quickly|
|Dried washing is not processed or put away||The most common of bottlenecks. While folding and ironing are optional, putting away is the key to laundry flowing freely. Decide where Ready to Wear clothes will live. Is there enough space for all your clean laundry to live? If not, you either have too much laundry or not enough space.|
Once all those bottlenecks are clear, the cycle should flow easily, as long as enough time and energy is set aside for this essential task.
And we sure have come a long way from beating our washing on a rock, hand washing, or even using a copper and mangle.
If laundry still gets you down, or stuck, there is help at hand. Creating Order from Chaos can help.